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Automotive

  • September 6, 2018

    Uber Users' Suit Over 2016 Data Breach Sent To Arbitration

    A proposed breach of contract class action alleging Uber failed to safeguard app users' and drivers’ private information and exposed them to identity theft risks in a 2016 data breach must be sent to arbitration, a California federal judge ruled Wednesday.

  • September 6, 2018

    Embattled Tech Tycoon Owes $100M Award, Chinese Co. Says

    The co-founder of a struggling American electric vehicle startup was sued by a Chinese investment company in California federal court to enforce a more than $100 million arbitration award over debts allegedly left unpaid by the tech tycoon and his smartphone company.

  • September 6, 2018

    Ex-DNC Chair Ducks Visa Scheme Suit By Chinese Investors

    A Virginia federal judge on Wednesday tossed claims of fraud made against Terry McAuliffe, former head of the Democratic National Committee, by a group of Chinese investors, finding that the investors had not provided enough detail in their allegations saying they were swindled out of green cards.

  • September 6, 2018

    Mass. Justices Uphold Ban On Corporate Campaign Spending

    The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court on Thursday upheld a state ban on corporate contributions to political campaigns, parties and candidate-focused political action committees, in an opinion definitively stating that giving businesses direct influence in elections poses a legitimate threat of corruption.

  • September 5, 2018

    14 AGs Urge CFPB Not To Back Off Disparate Impact Liability

    A coalition of Democratic attorneys general cautioned the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau on Wednesday against reading disparate impact liability out of the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, calling the legal theory a "critically important feature of antidiscrimination law" that's been backed by the courts and decades of regulatory interpretation.

  • September 5, 2018

    Utah Driver Sues Tesla After Car Crashes In Autopilot

    A Utah woman who rear-ended stopped traffic while operating a Telsa car in autopilot mode has sued the company in state court claiming sales representatives told her the vehicle would brake automatically. 

  • September 5, 2018

    Drivers Say Bosch, GM Can't Ax Diesel Emissions RICO Suit

    Drivers fired back Tuesday at Bosch and General Motors' joint bid to slash an amended proposed class action alleging the companies schemed to install emissions-cheating devices on Chevrolet Cruze diesel cars, saying they have ample evidence backing their Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act claims.

  • September 5, 2018

    Ford Gets Initial OK On $300M Deal To Exit Takata MDL

    A Florida federal judge granted preliminary approval on Wednesday to a $299.1 million deal for Ford Motor Co. to exit multidistrict litigation over defective Takata Corp. air bags and hasten the removal of dangerous air bag inflators from 6 million affected vehicles.

  • September 5, 2018

    Local Gov'ts Want In On Fight Over Fuel Economy Rollback

    A coalition of local governments including those of New York, Chicago and Los Angeles has asked the D.C. Circuit for permission to participate in a challenge led by California to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's bid to revisit certain Obama-era greenhouse gas emission standards for cars and light trucks.

  • September 5, 2018

    Toyota Recalls 1M Vehicles Over Electrical Wire Fire Risk

    Toyota will recall nearly 1 million of its Prius and C-HR compact SUV vehicles over concerns that an exposed wire in the engine can short-circuit and cause fires, the company said Wednesday.

  • September 5, 2018

    Hyundai Hit With Retroactive Duties On Korean Transformers

    The U.S. Department of Commerce on Wednesday ordered a spinoff of Hyundai to pay double-digit duties retroactively on its imports of large power transformers from South Korea, finding that the Korea-based conglomerate may have reorganized to avoid paying a higher anti-dumping duty.

  • September 5, 2018

    Auto Industry, Economists Warn Against Trump Trade Policy

    Automotive and trade policy experts told a Senate panel Wednesday that the Trump administration's flurry of trade enforcement moves in recent months is driving too much uncertainty that raises serious questions about whether the White House’s strategy will achieve its purported goal of leveling the global trading field.

  • September 4, 2018

    6th Circ. Revives PBGC's $30M Pension Liability Suit

    A split Sixth Circuit panel on Tuesday revived the Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation’s suit seeking to hold the trust and the son of a defunct auto part company’s founder responsible for $30 million in underfunded pension liabilities, reversing the lower court’s decision to let them off the hook.

  • September 4, 2018

    BofA Overdraft Fee Deal Gets Judge's Final Approval

    A California federal judge has given final approval to a class action settlement that calls for Bank of America to stop charging extended overdraft fees through as late as 2022 and provide millions of dollars’ worth of other relief to account holders who were assessed the fees during a nearly four-year period starting in February 2014.

  • September 4, 2018

    U-Haul Must Pay $30M For Causing Truck Crash, Jury Told

    U-Haul’s decision to rent a tow dolly without brakes to a man driving a pickup truck caused a rollover accident that left the truck’s passenger permanently paralyzed, the passenger’s attorney told an Arizona jury during closing arguments Tuesday, adding that damages of more than $30 million are warranted.

  • September 4, 2018

    USPTO Swears In Ex-Ford IP Atty As Head Of Detroit Office

    The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s has sworn in a new director of its Detroit-based Midwest regional office, an intellectual property attorney who spent nearly three decades overseeing Ford Motor Co.’s patent portfolio, the USPTO announced in a tweet Tuesday.

  • September 4, 2018

    State Farm To Pay $250M To Settle Rigged-Judge Trial

    State Farm agreed Tuesday to pay $250 million to settle a suit alleging it secretly worked to help elect an Illinois high court justice in order to overturn a billion-dollar judgment against it.

  • September 4, 2018

    Investors' Fraud Suit Against Uber, Ex-CEO Dismissed

    A federal judge in California has dismissed a proposed class action alleging Uber and its former CEO Travis Kalanick’s business practices cost investors billions, finding that purported misleading statements he made were more overly optimistic than anything else.

  • August 31, 2018

    In State Farm Trial, Veiled Donations May Stoke Juror Anger

    Groups with ties to State Farm strategized to avoid disclosing contributions that ended up in the campaign coffers of a judge who ultimately helped knock down a $1 billion judgment against the insurer, according to a trove of documents that may serve the important role of outraging jurors in a trial starting Tuesday even if it doesn't turn out to show illegal acts, experts say.

  • August 31, 2018

    Bob Ross 'Little Trees' Air Fresheners Hit With Trademark Suit

    Bob Ross Inc. might not be painting any more happy little trees to brighten up rearview mirrors after an air freshener company famous for its own pungent pines accused the company of copying its tree designs, according to a trademark suit entered Friday in New York federal court.

Expert Analysis

  • Jones Day Case Highlights Questions Of Atty Privilege Abroad

    Ana Reyes

    Germany’s highest court ruled this month that prosecutors may review the Jones Day documents they seized related to the firm’s representation of Volkswagen. This is a stark reminder that American litigators need to be aware of how attorney-client privilege laws abroad can impact litigation in the United States, say Ana Reyes and Matthew Heins of Williams & Connolly LLP.

  • The Future Of Authenticating Audio And Video Evidence

    Jonathan Mraunac

    The recent emergence of artificial intelligence-based technology has prompted serious concerns about the future integrity of recordings. Attorneys must think critically about standards for authenticating audio and video evidence as well as legislative and regulatory safeguards to discourage pervasive manipulation and forgery, says Jonathan Mraunac of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart PC.

  • Opinion

    Law360's Global 20 Doesn't Acknowledge Global Networks

    Glenn Cunningham

    While I read with interest Law360's report analyzing the top 20 global law firms of 2018, I also noticed it doesn't tell the whole story. Global networks of independent law firms compare favorably with multinational firms in terms of geographic coverage, legal expertise, and awareness of local cultures and customs, says Glenn Cunningham of Interlaw Ltd.

  • A 'Broad' Approach To Toxic Tort Class Cert. At 6th Circ.

    Carol Wood

    Last week, in Martin v. Behr Dayton Thermal Products, the Sixth Circuit affirmed an Ohio federal court’s certification of a so-called “issue class” under Federal Rule of Civil Procedure 23(c)(4). The ruling may serve as persuasive authority for future toxic tort plaintiffs who seek to certify a class without establishing a defendant’s liability to any individual class member with common proof, say attorneys with King & Spalding LLP.

  • What Kavanaugh's Writing Tells Us About His Personality

    Matthew Hall

    People with certain personality traits tend to use certain words. A computer analysis of Judge Brett Kavanaugh’s D.C. Circuit opinions reveals that he is highly extraverted, which means that he would be a prominent voice on the U.S. Supreme Court, says Matthew Hall, a professor at the University of Notre Dame.

  • Employee Performance Ratings: Tainted Or Sainted?

    Lisa Harpe

    The recent focus on pay equity and employers’ pay practices has heightened the need to consider equal employment opportunity outcomes in performance ratings systems. Lisa Harpe and Sarah Gilbert of DCI Consulting Group discuss the current legal environment and proactive steps to examine performance ratings in the context of evaluating pay equity.

  • Opinion

    3 Pros, 3 Cons Of Litigation Finance

    Ralph Sutton

    An educated guess puts the number of new litigation funders launched in the past 18 months at 30 — an astonishing number, with more to come. Is this a blessing to our legal system or something more akin to tulip mania? Maybe both, says Ralph Sutton, founder and CEO of litigation funding firm Validity Finance LLC.

  • Modern Communication Brings E-Discovery Challenges

    Thomas Bonk

    As new communications platforms displace email, the legal industry is awkwardly grappling with complex e-discovery questions. Fortunately, this environment provides a very fertile ground of incentives for innovation in both e-discovery technology and service offerings, says Thomas Bonk of Epiq.

  • Opinion

    It's Not All About The Benjamins, Baby (Lawyer)

    J.B. Heaton

    Notwithstanding the latest salary war among prominent law firms, I urge my middle-aged and older colleagues to help the recent graduates we know focus on the long term. Even if the salary is the same, there is a big difference between an institutional firm and the relatively younger firms matching BigLaw, says J.B. Heaton, a University of Chicago business law fellow and former partner at Bartlit Beck.

  • Series

    Judging A Book: Hood Reviews 'Lawyering From The Inside Out'

    Judge Denise Hood

    Law professor Nathalie Martin's new book, "Lawyering From the Inside Out: Learning Professional Development Through Mindfulness and Emotional Intelligence," can be of value to any lawyer aiming to achieve greater productivity, relieve the stress of the legal profession and focus on goals, says U.S. District Chief Judge Denise Page Hood of the Eastern District of Michigan.